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Layla Black claims 200m Breast gold on day two in Sheffield

Layla Black returned to the top of the national podium with 200m Breaststroke gold on day two of the 2016 British Summer Championships.

The City of Leeds swimmer clocked 2:28.84 to take the touch in the 16 Yrs final in Sheffield.

Black was involved in the race of the Championship 12 months ago, finishing runner-up by just 0.05 seconds in the 15 Yrs 200m Breast final, despite a British 14 Yrs age group record 2:26.60 which would have won gold in any other age group.

But there was no heartache for Black this year, as she added to her silver in the same event from the European Junior Championships last month.

Thanet SC’s Rosanna Arnold proved the closest challenger on the night, breaking 2:30 for the first time for silver in 2:29.78.

Matts dominates 17/18 Yrs age group for second year

Katie Matts dominated the 17/18 Yrs 200m Breaststroke final to claim gold the second consecutive year. The Stockport Metro swimmer sliced more than half a second off her PB to retain her title in 2:26.07 – more than three seconds clear.

The 17-year old’s previous best had been a 2:26.69 effort for silver at the 2015 British Championships in London.

Matts’ time in Sheffield puts her second in the British 17 yrs all-time rankings, behind Molly Renshaw’s 2:25.10 from the 2014 British Championships.

English swimmers completed a clean sweep of the 200m Breaststroke titles as Rebecca Clynes, Freya Anderson and Emma Day also won gold.

City of Leeds swimmer Clynes clocked a PB 2:35.22 to take the touch in the youngest 13/14 Yrs age group.

Anderson added to her 200m Free title from the opening night to claim the 15 Yrs crown. The Ellesmere College Titans swimmer came home in a PB 2:31.46.

Loughborough University’s Day won the senior crown, beating her PB 2:28.56 from the heats with a 2:26.94 effort. The 19-year old’s previous lifetime best had been a 2:29.99 from this year’s British Champs in Glasgow.

  • Click here to view results from the 2016 British Summer Championships in Sheffield.
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